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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what you want me to say. I mean, what happened? How did everything that was so good get so bad?
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Rocky is reigning World Champion and is dispatching all comers to his crown with ease. But looming in the distance is Clubber Lang, a young and hungry boxer intent on becoming the new champ.

Pretty safe enjoyment for anyone into the fantastical world of Sly Stallone's Rocky Balboa franchise. Into the narrative...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the muppet
'Rocky' was the sleeper hit of 1976 that came out of nowhere to be an Oscar winner that year. Made on an extremely modest $1 million, the Stallone vehicle turned out to be a hugely successful, low budget shock. It not only beat 'Network' at the awards, it recouped it's budget many times over and made it's star (Stallone also wrote it) into an overnight success. Although...
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Anthony Hand


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4.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what you want me to say. I mean, what happened? How did everything that was so good get so bad?, 6 July 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Rocky is reigning World Champion and is dispatching all comers to his crown with ease. But looming in the distance is Clubber Lang, a young and hungry boxer intent on becoming the new champ.

Pretty safe enjoyment for anyone into the fantastical world of Sly Stallone's Rocky Balboa franchise. Into the narrative this times comes a new boxer, portrayed with relish by Mr. T, a revelation that cuts Rocky to the quick, and personal grief when his mentor and friend Mickey (Burgess Meredith) dies. Back comes Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, only this time he wants to train Rocky to beat the mighty Clubber Lang. Rocky's heart isn't in it though! Can he get that Eye of the Tiger back? Well of course he can and thus we get the obligatory training montages and a ferocious fight to crown the story.

It's comfortable film making with comfortable acting performances and it's often exciting as well. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed !!!!, 13 Mar 2014
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i like the Rocky films think they are very watchable an could watch them all day, very good choice of film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky!!!! Rocky!!!! Rocky!!!!, 21 Aug 2013
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Sylvester Stallone at his best. Updated my VHS collection recently to DVD and loved the quality. Hogan is in this as ThunderLips........
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the muppet, 6 Oct 2011
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Anthony Hand (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rocky 3 [DVD] (DVD)
'Rocky' was the sleeper hit of 1976 that came out of nowhere to be an Oscar winner that year. Made on an extremely modest $1 million, the Stallone vehicle turned out to be a hugely successful, low budget shock. It not only beat 'Network' at the awards, it recouped it's budget many times over and made it's star (Stallone also wrote it) into an overnight success. Although it's cheapness does shine through in places and the editing is a bit off as well, 'Rocky' remains a very enjoyable film. It's sequel, 'Rocky II' completed the circle (or should have) with a re-match evolving the two main protagonists, Rocky and the World Heavyweight Champ, Apollo Creed. As a sequel, 'Rocky II' did very well to advance the story and it did so using logical steps.

'Rocky III', however, is where the franchise starts to come apart at the seams.

The Rocky story continues with this episode, as we find Rocky still the World Heavyweight Champion. He has defended his title numerous times, made shed loads of money, has been honoured by the city of "Brotherly Love" and is about to announce his retirement when an "up-and-comer" goads Rocky into postponing his plans and fight one more match. Clubber Lang (Mr. T) is an extremely aggressive younger fighter, hungry for the title and with remarkable ease pushes Rocky into getting into the ring with him. Rocky's trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith) is reluctant to agree to this fight, but Rocky persuades him. Without giving too much away, all does not go well.

While 'Rocky III' retains the basic formula of the first two movies (Rocky trains, overcomes adversity, then fights) it's a noticeable departure in both character and style. Rocky, who is now rich and living a very wealthy lifestyle isn't the lovable bum from downtown Philly anymore. It's like Stallone forgot how to play him, between 1979 and 1981. It's hard to put ones finger on it, but the Rocky of 'Rocky III' is almost an entirely different character from I and II. His wife, Adrianna (Talia Shire) is a completely different character. Gone is the likeable, retiring and painfully shy girl and instead we have a "dolled up" millionaires wife, who isn't afraid to roar at Rocky when the need calls for it, when previously she would barely raise her voice above a whisper. It's a dramatic change of pace, to say the least and Shire (like Stallone) isn't half as entertaining as she was in the previous films.

In finer form, but looking jaded from it all (both fictionally and realistically) is Burgess Meredith, who returns as Rocky's gravel voiced trainer, Mickey. Adrian's brother Paulie (Burt Young) also turns up, along with Carl Weathers' ex champ Apollo Creed. These three characters at least retain their basic personalities from the former movies. Although Meredith seems to be there to simply draw a cheque.

But, even with the changes in character aside, 'Rocky III' punches well below it's weight. The script calls for some unbelievable contrivance and the central buddy story of Rocky and Creed is a bit hard to swallow. It also leads to some unintentionally hilarious moments, like the "running on the beach" montage, that actually had me belly laughing. The dialogue is turgid and ill thought out and Mr T's Clubber Lang is a ridiculous villain. Mr T, completely unhindered by talent, plays Lang as best he can. But, he just comes across as a slightly meaner B.A. Baracus from the 'A-Team', which is the part that he got as a result of this movie. But, as a character, Lang is wretched. It's not entirely Mr. T's fault as he was plucked from "Night club bouncer" obscurity to play the part. The main problem is the silly writing, penned again by Stallone (although not as successfully this time).

In terms of general quality, 'Rocky III' is a huge step backwards and the series should really have ended with the second one. Stretching the basic formula out this far was bad enough, but it blows the mind when one considers that a IV, V and a VI have been made! Number IV being a truly appalling experience. While 'Rocky III' is "glossier" than I and II, its veneer can do nothing to hide the fact that it's a pale imitation of what's come before. The repetition of Bill Conti's musical cues wears thin as well, even though "Survivor" were hired to provide the famous main theme track.

'Rocky III', despite being a rather poor film, was a box office hit in 1982, earning over $120.000.000 in the U.S. alone. This is somewhat unfortunate in many ways, as it led to a bloated line of follow up movies that were even worse. The shelf life of Rocky was well past it's "sell by" date in 1982 and consequently, it's terrible sequels have been stinking up the entire series for nearly three decades.

My advice to anyone embarking on this series is to enjoy I and II and then walk away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky films, 6 Dec 2013
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Got this for my nephew, he's Rocky mad and loved it
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my prediction......PAIN!, 6 Feb 2007
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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I have thought over whether to give rocky 3 four or five stars and the truth is its another 5 stars because once again i can watch this until the cows come home,this is a shorther film than the previous two rockys and deals with rocky who is now a success after defending his title 10 times with success and getting all the plaudits,lose his hunger as he has all that he dreamnt off,but a younger,nastier boxer called clubber lang played with ease by mr T teach rocky some manners by taking the title from him,so roccky can either accept that his days are over or train and get the hunger back that he had in the first two films so with the help of apollo creed rocky learns to change his style of fighting and instead of brawling brings speed to his armour.

Along the way he fights with hulk hogan who is brilliantly camp and rocky learns that money isnt everything when an important cast member dies,the training sequences and the use of the song eye of the tiger are all brilliant here,so with all that rocky 3 is yes,you guessed it,another masterpiece.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the 'Eye of the Tiger', 13 May 2007
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AFter defeating Appollo Creed, Rocky Balboa celebrates his first days as a champion and in a style which all too common with what we witness with the Beckham's. He starts to lax and is heavily brought down to Earth when he is florred by Clubber Lang (Mr T). Having watched all 6 movies, I can rightly say that Lang is by far Rocky's toughest opponent. Don't forget that Drago in Rocky 4 was heavily doped up and would ordinarily failed any drug testing. Tommy Gunn was trained by Balboa and easily beaten by him even when the latter was past his prime.

In the 3rd installment, Rocky's trainer, Mickety suffers a heart attack and dies. He is then replaced by Appollo Creed (remember him). Watch out for the soundtrack 'Eye of the Tiger' - appropriate for the film.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rocky's lost the "Eye of the Tiger", and this film is about him getting the Eye back., 2 Nov 2007
This review is from: Rocky 3 [DVD] (DVD)
ROCKY III, released in 1982, is a much different film than the previous two ROCKYs. While the first Rocky featured Balboa as a down-on-his-luck thug with a heart of gold, and ROCKY II trying to another title shot, here Rock has got it all. And it's not primarilty bound to Philly.

While the first two Rocky films are about pre-fame Rocky and more localised to Philedelphia, ROCKY III is very much a pop-culture film. Anyone who grew up in the 1980s will undoubtly become rather nostalgic in viewing this film, especially the opening montage of all of Rocky's product endorsements. We have Stallone with the Muppets, all three of that era's Presidents (Ford, Carter, Reagan), and a whole litany of commercials. That's a very memorable matchup against Hulk Hogan as "Thunderlips". Anyone who followed him in the 1980s is bound to smile at this appearance. He is absolutely enormous compared to Stallone, and it just shows how impressive Terry Bollea truly was back in the early 1980s.

And then there's Mr. T. His first major film role, Mr. T. truly excels at the part. Still, however, I can't help but think A-Team and "I Pity the fool" whenever I watch ROCKY III. Of all the Rocky films, this is the one most tied to the pop-culture of the its time.

For the third installment of the ROCKY series, Stallone shows us Rocky at ultimately what is the height of his success. He's defended the heavy-weight title for ten matches. He's made endorsement deals and television appearances, active at charity events, and having quite the high profile career. Rocky's come a long way from the rough streets of Philadelphia, and he has gotten a very good life now.

That is, until Clubber Lang (performed memorably by Mr. T) appears at a recognition ceremony and calls out Rocky, saying he wants a shot at the belt and Mick tells him to get the hell out of there. Rocky is shocked at Mick's reaction, and says he wants to fight him. Mick says don't do it, but Rocky sets up the fight and loses.

Clubber Lang is the newest up and coming fighter, and he's making a lot of headway in the boxing arenas. He's been tearing men apart, and no one has really been able to stand up for him. When asked about his predictions for this match with Rocky, he very memorably said "Pain."

Just as before he loses, Mick dies, and so leaves him without a trainer. Now filled with self-doubts, unsure of his worth as a fighter, he takes up with Apollo Creed, and Apollo begins a rigorous training session with Rocky. Along the way, Rocky has to come to grip with his doubts, something Adrian helps him with. Couple of memorable scenes involve Apollo and Rocky jumping up and down in the surf hugging. They then have a second fight with Clubber Lang, where Rocky exploits Clubber's overzealousness and finds a way to recapture the title.

The Rocky series is one you must watch in chronological order to really follow the characters. While the first two films Rocky was pursuing the belt and coming to terms with fighting Apollo a second time due to Adrian's health issues, this is the first time we've seen Rocky had to adjust to fame. And he's not the only one who has to adjust. Paulie is having a really hard time adjusting to Rocky getting all the attention, and Rocky has to bail Paulie out of jail at the beginning of the film, and ultimately gets employement with Rocky.

The central conflict is all the success has gone to his head. Mickey says it the best in that Rocky has lost the "hunger", that overall desire to win and be the best. Mickey didn't won't Clubber Lang to get the title shot because he knew Clubber would win.

Knowing that Mickey began handpicking the fighters Rocky faced radically altered Rocky's life, sending him into a tailspin of confusion and pain. He doubts Mickey, since Mickey was booking fighters that weren't at the top of their game. He doubts himself, he doubts everything. When Rocky goes to Apollo Creed's training facility (a dingy gym in a rough neighborhood in LA), Apollo comments on the same hunger, because all the no-name fighters in the gym want to make a name for themselves. Apollo calls this the "eye of the tiger".

And that's really what ROCKY III is about. It's about Rocky dealing with fame, and still staying hungry, still wanting to press himself onward in his chosen profession. It's Rocky wanting to stay vital and not stagnate. It's an important warning for any professional, whether they are sports professionals or otherwise.

In many ways, ROCKY III is a personal favorite for me in the Rocky series. It's not the best, but it's quite a worthy installment in the franchise, and it makes for an interesting movie to see how the bum who made it big contend with fame and all that cruel mistress entails. And anyone who grew up in the 1980s will relate to the pop-culture references of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 July 2014
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good film
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5.0 out of 5 stars rocky 3, 28 Aug 2008
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S. Mulqueen "da robster" (england) - See all my reviews
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sylvester stalone is 1 of my hearos but this isnt why im rateing this 5
star it's the best rocky ever. MR T is 1 of my hearos 2 but this is just
the best film ever.
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